Thursday, 29 March 2012
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Puck and Shaun live on an island called Thisby, a quaint, old fashioned kind of a place where killer horses come out of the sea every October!
Puck is an orphan and is struggling to make ends meet and decides to take matters into her own hands by taking part in the famous Scorpio Races, where islanders race the dangerous water horses along the treacherous beach. Every year this beach is left covered in blood and the population of Thisby is viciously reduced. If Puck can win the race she will be able to save her home but things take on a new meaning when she meets Shaun Kendrick, the local horse whisperer who has his own reasons for winning the race.
I was attracted to this book after reading a review in my local newspaper and also by its beautiful cover! It's a little bit longer than your average novel but well worth the read, I really liked the story and the two main characters were real and captivating. The island revolves around the magical and dangerous horses or Cappaill Uisce that live in the sea and the whole book has a lovely magical feel to it. It definitely has a Young Adult feel to it but also has a little bit of everything for all ages including fantasy, horror and romance! I'm not a young adult but really enjoyed this book. It is colourful and imaginative just like its wonderful cover design. It leaves you with just enough answered and unanswered questions and builds to a satisfying ending.
I have read some mixed reviews for 'The Scorpio Races' and for Maggie Stiefvater's other books ( which I haven't read) but mine can't be anything other than positive. Well worth a read, whether you are currently sitting your school exams or slowly decaying like me.